Yeast infections can last up to 6 weeks in dogs and may require long-term treatment to resolve completely.
Just like any other dog skin condition, prevention is better than cure so it is important to understand what factors will make your pooch prone to dog paw yeast infections.
Yeast infections are pretty common in dogs and can be caused by a variety of factors including:
- Poor diet
- Lack of proper hygiene
- Compromised immunity
- Skin parasites
- Certain cancers
- Prolonged antibiotic use
- Skin allergies
Unhealthy treats, too many carbs, and unhealthy human foods are all common causes of yeast infections in dogs. Keeping your dog on a nutrient-dense, low-carb diet is one way to help keep yeast infections at bay.
Dog paws get pretty dirty and if they are not cleaned regularly, they will become the perfect breeding ground for yeast.
Always clean your dog’s paws after long walks and bathe your dog regularly to keep his skin clean.
Moisture also promotes the growth of yeast so make sure that you pat your dog’s skin dry after bathing to keep it moisture free.
Underlying Health Conditions
Cancer, hypothyroidism, bacterial infections, and skin allergies can also lead to yeast infections.
It is important to consult your vet when your dog has a yeast infection since it may be a symptom of a bigger health issue.
Prolonged Antibiotic Use
If your pooch is on antibiotics, they may become more susceptible to yeast infections, especially after prolonged use.